Julie Kathleen Williamson

July 14, 1987July 3, 2011

Julie Kathleen had minor finger surgery scheduled for June 23, 2011. Before the actual surgery could start she apparently experienced a collapsed lung and required emergency intubation and ventilator assist for breathing. Over the course of the next 10 days she made some recovery but always relapsed ... having additional lung collapses and ultimately, on Sunday July 3, 2011, her lungs just gave out and God took her home.

She was born July 14, 1987 in Baton Rouge, LA. She spent her first nights in neo-natal ICU due to having inhaled fluids into her lungs. She left this world the way she came into this world. She was an amazingly smart student having graduated Peace College with a BS in Psychology; the realization of one of several life-long dreams. She had just celebrated the 2nd anniversary of her and Mike Jernigan’s commitment to love each other. She was so happily in love with a great man; another life-long dream fulfilled.

Julie had the love and support of a large extended family. Mommy (Cindy Williamson) was her life-long best friend. Daddy (Dan Williamson) spoiled her continually. Brother (Brian) and sisters (Nicole, Liz, and Sandy) were her role models and constant companions. Julie had loving Grandparents (Electa, Bob, Diane, and Al), Aunts (Jennie, Bernie, Cathy, Pam, and Mae), Uncles (Alex, Mike, Pat, and John), nieces and nephews (Aidan, Riley, Avery, Emily Chase, and Zachary), cousins (Tiffany, Ashley, Chris, Jenny, Chad, Holly, Denny [and others I know I am forgetting]), and too many “best friends” to count.

The Celebration Service for Julie’s life will be Friday, July 8th, 2011 at 3:00 pm at the Raleigh Memorial Park Cemetery Mausoleum (7501 Glenwood Ave). Visitation will be Thursday, July 7th from 6 til 8 pm at Mitchell Funeral Home (7501 Glenwood Ave). Attire for both occasions is very casual.

Julie had a great love for all people, but especially for those who struggled. She was very thankful for all the friends she made and all the support she got from her Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) friends and Doctors. Cindy & I (and the family) also received so much support, information, & love from the OI Foundation (OIF), its members, and the research community that the OIF supports. We are requesting that our friends and family continue to send their love and support to Julie’s family and friends who are hurting. However, please do not spend on flowers. If you have the means and desire to show your support in other ways, we request you consider a donation to the OIF. That would do more for the memory of Julie and others that suffer as she did.

Final note from Daddy:

Losing my "boogar" hurts more than anyone could know. But knowing how many lives she touched and the impact she had on this world is a comfort ... as is knowing she is no longer struggling with her pain & suffering. We miss you Julie.


  • Visitation Thursday, July 7, 2011
  • Funeral Service Friday, July 8, 2011

Julie Kathleen Williamson

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October 28, 2011

Not Ready (September 24, 2011)

3 mos ago your fate was set. God gove us another 9 days to get ready. Was not enough. I was not ready to let go then. I am not ready to let go now. There are times I still do not accept that I will not have any more hours with you. I still see you everywhere, my memories, our family, your friends ...the love shared is always here. I'm not ready for there to be no new pictures, no new memories, no new friends. I'm not ready for our family times to happen without you. I'm sure that I will never be ready. I don't want to be ready for you to go.

I'm ready for you to come home. I miss you so much Julie.


October 28, 2011

Miss You Julie (August 6, 2011)

Julie - how is it that you will not call for me ("Daddy") again? How is it that you will not be around to spoil? How can it be that we will not talk about your struggles / pain / relationships / concerns / future / music / .... anything/everything ever again? I can't comprehend there will be no more pictures with you. I can't comprehend no one will hear your laugh again. I struggle to accept that you have left this world.

OK - I get that you no longer deal with the daily / hourly pain. I get that you no longer struggle with the addiction driven by the pain. I get that you fear nothing any longer. I even get that you are infinitely filled with LOVE and happiness ... so how is it that it hurts so? How is it that those joys can't replace the pain of missing you?

How do we make sense of it?

Mom & I miss you so -so-so much. "Love" does not adequately describe what we feel for you!!

Long for the day we will see you again. John 16:16 ....see ya soon Boogar


October 28, 2011

The Void (July 26, 2011)

Today is as bad a day as I have had. The loneliness and emptiness hurts. Everything reminds me how much I miss you / how much I want to hear your voice / how much i want to hold you. You mean the world to me Julie. Nothing helps fill the void you have left.


October 28, 2011

Amazing Friends Who Loved Julie (July 16, 2011)

I am blown away seeing all the pictures people have that include great memories with Julie. She sure had a wonderful collection of friends and great times. I am in awe over the number of people who have a profile picture of or including Julie.

Today was a day of waves of sadness that there will be no more pictures to be made. I miss my baby more than I thought possible. Yet, she is still everywhere. In so many people's memories. A part of so many lives that live on.

I pray God's blessing on each & every life that Julie touched in even the slightest way. I pray for the Spirit's Comfort for those in whose life she has left a void. The void is great. The sadness is great. But the love for those she loved is also great. I love you all with love I wish I could still pour out on my Boogar.

August 27, 2011

I have just seen that Julie died and I am so sorry! I had just seen her a couple of months ago at a meeting. I was on the Europeean trip with the Peace College choir several years ago. I was so glad to see her because I had lost track of her since then. I'm so glad I got to see her again and am so sorry for our loss. Sara Jo Manning

August 4, 2011

I had the honor to get to know Julie in 06 in Laguna Beach, what a joy she was and what a gift to all who witnessed and experienced her courage, love and compassion for life. I was also very proud to get to know her mother and brother, wow, she loved you guys, and it was very apparent where she got the great attitude for life, I will ALWAYS remember Julie, thank you GOD for allowing me to spend some time with her, Scott Stapley

Holly Doss

July 20, 2011

Julie you are one of my heros, I miss you soooo much, I will always love you, always. You are an amazing person. May peace be with you!!

Scott Paul

July 13, 2011

I just learned about this terrible loss today. Julie was a beautiful person and kind soul who brought joy into the lives of everyone she touched, including all of us at NIH. It is sad for us but a tribute to her that God felt she had completed her job on this world in such a short time. May you be comforted by happy and warm memories of Julie's life. We will miss her deeply. -Scott Paul, NIH Rehab Medicine

Miranda Streeter

July 12, 2011

I was in shock when I heard about Julie. I would see her around campus. The Williamson family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Denisia Corona-Miner

July 11, 2011

I met Julie at the OI conference in Omaha, NE. I remember seeing her from afar and my friend and I went and introduced ourselves. She was so beautiful and we laughed because I kept asking her if she was sure she had OI because she was so tall and not at all crooked like most of us. Later we laughed so hard at my dumb question. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to her friends and family. The OI community has a very special angel looking over us. Rest in peace, Julie